hei-ti·​ki | \ ˈhāˈtēkē \
plural hei-tiki or hei-tikis

Definition of hei-tiki

: a greenstone charm in the shape of a human figure worn as a neck pendant by the Maoris

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History and Etymology for hei-tiki

Maori, from hei to hang + Tiki, the first man in Maori legend

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“Hei-tiki.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hei-tiki. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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